National Tap Dance Day

Happy National Tap Dance Day!

Tap dance will always be my favorite dance style where you can create rhythmic music with your feet.  Some of the greats of the past such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, the Nicholas Brothers and Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers etc. have paved the way for tap dancing today.  It was thanks to many of them such as Bojangles with Shirley Temple that I had fun tap dancing anywhere—down the escalator, up the stairs, down the market aisle, or up on furniture.

Tap dancing has evolved with the times to incorporate more than just tap dancing on furniture but on a construction set, on televised dancing competitions and in animation.  Dancers are able to incorporate the athleticism, style, technique and class of the past with modern twists.

Tap Dogs: One of my favorite tap groups taking the art to a new level.  Below are the original dogs.

So You Think You Can Dance: Nick Young, Matt Flint and Jess LeProtto perform a tap routine paying homage to the great tap dancers.

Happy Feet:  Animated film with penguins tapping.  The brilliant Savion Glover helped provide the cool moves.

Look out for the commercials that feature tap dancing too!